Thursday, 12 December 2013

Animal Kingdom

We made use of our proximity to the Animal Kingdom and headed there for the day. The plan was to slow down and take the time to enjoy the beautiful park. So much for that plan! There was so much to see! We spent our time rushing from one place to another.

Are you ready for this bunch of animals Animal Kingdom?

The leader of pack 

We started with Wilderness Explorers, a new interactive experience where the children could complete activities and receive stickers/badgers. We first had to be initiated and recited the Wilderness Explorers Call with gusto, "Caw caw roar"! Even the cast member was impressed. We were then off to collect stickers. This process forced us to see things that we would have otherwise skipped, like Rafiki's Planet Watch. Amongst the crazy sticker collecting, we managed to ride Dinosaur, Expedition Everest and Primeval Whirl, and watched Finding Nemo, another great Disney production. Kali River Rapids was sadly closed for refurbishment.

Caw caw roar!

Our first station

Lesser flamingos

Learning all about the flamingos

Moving into Asia

Amazing animal enclosures

We missed this track last time we came!

Don't miss the stations!

Each has unique activities to complete

Bats up close and personal

The girls took to the tasks very seriously

The magnificent tiger

An awesome show!

Mitch was invited to participate!

The majestic bald eagle


Lunch stop...hmmm is that Asian?!?!

The sticker collecting continues with Auntie Shirley helping the little ones

Moving on the Africa

Even Jonah enjoyed the activities

We ended the day with Kilamanjaro Safari. The ladies then gleefully left the children with the men as they rushed off back to the resort. We ran a marathon to catch our bus to give ourselves ample time to beautify ourselves for our girls dinner out at Narcoossee's. We really enjoyed the opportunity for fellowship together as women without the distractions of our children! The food was superb!

We completed the girly experience with a Downtown Disney shopping expedition. The freezing conditions were enough to deter even the most dedicated shoppers. We called it quits after about an hour and returned home.

Another great attraction

The ladies shared 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 4 desserts between 5 of us. This one is the very delicious mussels

Jumbo Lump Crab cakes


Steamed Maine lobster

Shrimp fettucine

Pan seared scallops

Mango sorbet

Almond crusted cheesecake


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